Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project
Abstract: Once regarded as a sacred institution and a platform of holiness rather than happiness, marriage seems to have lost its sacredness. The institutions of marriage and family are currently undergoing metamorphosis; with the influences of modernism, postmodernism, technology, and socio-cultural revolution, marital and family dynamics are experiencing changes. Although some still adhere strictly to traditional biblical and conservative marriage and family systems, many have embraced the new climate of secularism, humanism, and social constructionism. From this perspective, marital and familial relationships have become very complex and eclectic. Therefore, a need exists for an integrative study of marriage and family counseling based on theological, biblical, and psychological frameworks.